Nexperia’s top executive Charles Smit turns tech lobbyist

Nieke Roos
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Nijmegen-headquartered chipmaker Nexperia and its top executive, Charles Smit, have parted ways. As of 1 March, Smit has joined Hague Corporate Affairs as an associate partner. At this consultancy agency, he’s going to leverage his nearly forty years of experience in the high-tech industry to assist companies in strategically positioning themselves in The Hague and Brussels. He’ll combine this with his role on the board of the Dutch sector organization High Tech NL. His successor as Nexperia’s chief corporate affairs is Jean-Pierre Kempeneers.

Prior to Nexperia, Smit worked for Akzonobel, Philips and NXP. With a legal background, he primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions. “I’ve experienced how important profiling your company is. To be understood and appreciated by policymakers, politicians, universities, interest groups and future employees. This requires a thorough approach with a long-term vision. And it requires building coalitions. It’s increasingly important to explain your often complex world simply. And that what you do is useful.”

Credit: Hague

“For years, high-tech companies have been able to evolve freely as efficient, strong global players with operations on different continents,” Smit goes on to explain his move. “Today, that global nature is no longer as straightforward due to international developments. It’s crucial that policymakers and politicians understand how the industry operates, and that these companies, in turn, comprehend the goals of The Hague and Brussels. I aim to utilize my knowledge and experience to help high-tech companies navigate through this complex landscape.”

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